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The Office of Undergraduate Research represents a campus-wide collaboration that promotes undergraduate research as a high-impact student experience to enhance learning and readiness to succeed in future careers.



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SRG 2016
Robin Cooper SRG 2018



I enjoy energizing a love of research in students. A good mentor-mentee relationship goes both ways - the mentor helps give perspective and guidance, while the mentee brings fresh ideas and a sense of untapped potential. Dr. John D'Orazio


Faculty Mentor of the Week Recognition Program

Mentors make a difference! The Office of Undergraduate Research officially launched the  Research Faculty Mentor of the Week recognition program in August 2017 and have since recognized 62 faculty mentors. Each week our office will highlight one of our outstanding and very much appreciated research faculty mentors who offer leadership and support of UK's undergraduate student researchers.

View Faculty Mentor of the Week Spotlights

Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Award

The Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award recognizes UK faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers, provided exceptional undergraduate research experiences, as well as supporting and promoting the undergraduate research initiatives on campus.  

Each year, outstanding faculty mentors are recognized at the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars for their outstanding leadership and support of students.

View Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Winners

Submit Presentations with your Undergraduate Co-Authors

Submit Publications with your Undergraduate Co-Authors


To celebrate the achievements of UK’s undergraduate researchers, the Office of Undergraduate Research collaborates with the University of Kentucky Libraries to archive and enable online access to students’ research reports and posters via UK’s institutional repository UKnowledge.The reports and posters illustrate the student researchers’ competencies and intellectual aspirations, and highlight the benefits and significance of faculty mentoring.  When the students apply to graduate schools and/or professional programs, they will able to provide concrete evidence of their academic success with the URLs of their reports and posters.  As the UKnowledge system tracks download rates, the students will also be able to demonstrate the interest in their research by noting the download counts of their submissions to UKnowledge.  Meanwhile, by offering online access to archived reports and posters, UK shares valuable knowledge with the people in the Commonwealth and beyond.  

Go to UKowledge


How to Connect with Undergraduate Mentee

The Office of Undergraduate Research can assist you in connecting with an undergraduate protégé to help facilitate a formalized, meaningful research experience. Once the mentor-mentee relationship is established, our office provides extended support by offering coaching and advising, training, student services and support, including research poster printing, research travel grants, and presentation and funding opportunities. 

Step 1:  Register with our office to have your name listed in the faculty mentor database. 

  • This allows us to know that you are interested in working with undergraduate students.
  • Registering with our office makes it easy for us to reference your most current contact information and research interests.
  • As a registered mentor, you will also receive our monthly newsletter with events and funding updates, as well as our faculty mentor spotlights.

Step 2: Ask our office for a student recommendation.

  • Are you looking for an undergraduate student with a specific skill set or a prerequisite that you feel is necessary in assisting with your research? Email our office at and we can connect you with the students who have registered with our office and meet your criteria.

Step 3: Promote your research opportunities.

  • Do you have a research opportunity that you'd like us to promote on our website and social media? 

Complete the online form to submit your research opportunities 


Request a Classroom Presentation/Workshop

Request a Class Presentation/Workshop

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research if you would like to bring a student research workshop to your class, First-year Interest Group, or student group. We can tailor our information and materials to your students’ needs and levels of experience.


Sample Presentation Topics

  • Undergraduate Research at UK: An Overview  - What is undergraduate research? Why participate? How do I get started?

  • Steps to Getting Involved in Undergraduate Research - Information about campus undergraduate research resources, identifying and contacting faculty, and faculty expectations.

  • Preparing Your Presentation - How to create a poster and oral presentation.

Request a Class Presentation/Workshop


UK Office of Research Integrity

UK CITI Access (Training/Certification)

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), founded in 1978, is an organization of individual, institutional, and affiliate members from around the world. CUR members share a focus on providing high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity opportunities for faculty and students. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research, and that students engaged in undergraduate research succeed in their studies and professional advancement.

The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry.

Go to The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)


Ten Time-Saving Tips for Undergraduate Research Mentors

Undergraduate research experiences can be extremely valuable for students, but can also be very time-consuming for mentors. Faculty mentors have synthesized the practical advice from more than 900 survey responses from fellow mentors to suggest 10 time-saving tips for undergraduate research mentors.

Go to Ten Time-Saving Tips for Undergraduate Research Mentors


Student Poster Printing and Templates

Has your undergraduate research student been accepted to present at a conference and needs their research poster printed?

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is pleased to provide this service to the UK undergraduate community. We will print ONE student research poster free-of-charge per semester, if undergraduates are accepted to present their faculty-mentored research at a professional conference, program or event.

Go to Poster Printing Guidelines and Templates

Undergraduate Research Travel Grants

Due to University of Kentucky’s restriction on travel, the Office of Undergraduate Research will provide “Virtual” Research Travel Grants for UK undergraduate students virtually presenting their research at professional meetings and conferences. 

Research Travel Grants (up to $250) are awarded to students to help subsidize costs incurred while presenting at local and national conferences. The Virtual Research Travel Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis

GROUP TRAVEL: More than 5 students attending the same virtual conference/meeting? Please contact our office to work out the group details before applying for a Virtual Research Travel Grant at

We are unable to fund travel between the dates of May 15 and June 30 due to fiscal year closeout.  

Student Funding & Awards Programs

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers several funding and awards programs for undergraduate students engaged in faculty-mentored research and scholarly activities, including:

Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars

The Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars is a moment when we step back from our academic routines to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and encourage them along the path of intellectual achievement, as well as celebrate the inspiration and creativity of our young scholars and the dedication of their mentors.

The Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars is an annual event that provides UK undergraduates the opportunity to professionally present, perform, or demonstrate their faculty-mentored research to UK faculty, staff, students, and the general public.

View the 2020 Virtual Showcase website

 View the 2020 Showcase Student's Research Presentations

Have a Question?

Have a question? Visit our FAQ page for answers to some of the most common questions about undergraduate research at UK.  If you need additional assistance, we're just an email or phone call away!

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